Rarely do those among us honor loss after the first year. Surely after 25 years, you would not expect someone to admit they are still mourning their brother. Mr. Thornton admits:
“I don’t want to forget what it felt like when he died, because he deserves [that remembrance]. That’s how important he was to me,” Thornton says. “So, if I have to suffer and I have to be sad for the rest of my life, and if I have to be lonely without him… then that’s the way I honor him.”
It’s an anguish that he doesn’t believe will ever go away. “I’ll be sad and melancholy about that forever. I know it and I accept it and I live with it,” he says. “But I think it’s OK. I think it’s OK to have all those feelings.”
Amen, brother. Finally, someone writes my heart. I want Billy Bob Thornton in my tribe.
Always remembering Amy and my brother, Kyle.